Early return: The red wave rolls through Guam as Republicans pick up their first win

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The test of the Emergency Alert Broadcast System late Tuesday evening was unscheduled, prompting some of the island’s 160,000 residents to worry North Korea had launched a missile toward the U.S. territory. (AP Photo/Haven Daley) Haven Daley

Early return: The red wave rolls through Guam as Republicans pick up their first win

The red wave has begun on this Election Day, and it has capsized Guam’s Democratic Party.

The U.S. territory sends one nonvoting delegate to Congress, and that delegate had always been a Democrat going back to 1993. That is no longer true after Republican James Moylan defeated his Democratic opponent and became the first GOP pick-up in Congress and just the second Republican ever sent to Congress by the island.

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Moylan had trailed in exit polls by 13 points but won by 5. The island’s Democratic governor held on (though she won by 11 points, compared to the 24 points she led by in exit polls) and Democrats gained a seat in the territorial legislature. Guam voters were apparently content with their local Democratic Party, but not the national Democratic Party.

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It is the first win for the GOP on a day in which they will see plenty of them, and the first surprise that could precede several in more high-profile races. Guam is “where America’s day begins,” but on Tuesday, it is also where the red wave begins, and where four years of Democratic control in the House of Representatives comes crashing down around them.

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